The inferno has evolved.
Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She'd much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge. But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of eternity. If the job isn't completed, there could be some real hell to pay.
©2009 Angela Roquet (P)2015 Angela Roquet
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"Quirky, light, and fun take on the afterlife"
I'm always looking for a good reaper book. From the time I first read On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony and watched Dead Like me and Defending Your Life - this has been a favorite theme to read and there are FAR too few good books with this theme! I am always pleasantly surprised when I find one. Graveyard Shift was definitely one of the better "reaper" books that I've read. Light and humorous with plenty of snark, Graveyard Shift takes place in an afterlife that encompasses all beliefs and religions, gods and goddesses working together and against one another in chaotic order. The main character Lana is an 8th? generation reaper, a low paid resident of Limbo created solely to handle the work that her boss Grim doesn't have time for since he's so involved in the day to day running and politics of Limbo. This was a quick fun and enjoyable read.
"Very Creative and Fun take on the Afterlife"
I was thrilled when I saw this at audible, I have read all 4 kindle books that have been released thus far in this series. I really enjoyed the intricate details, plotting and research that went into these books. There's also great characters, tongue in cheek humor and action. It doesn't have any graphic sex scenes. I'm a huge urban fantasy fan and this series is now on my auto buy list. The ending of this book isn't actually a cliff-hanger but the way it ends sets up the next book in such a way it really leaves you wanting more. I thought Hollie Jackson's narration was very good. I hope the rest of the series comes out on audio soon and that she reads them.
Pleasant, well paced, engaging. This is another story where all religions are real and share an afterlife. Not quite as good as some similar books (Iron Druid, Divine Misfortune) but enjoyable.
The story has interesting characters and relationships, humor, mystery and intrigue. The author has created a wonderful afterlife by including so many deities and spiritual beings from a variety of cultures/beliefs/mythologies in her story. Then to watch them display "human" traits such as being petty, self-centered, jealous, and more made this story even better. Unfortunately, even though the second book in the series was published over a year ago, the audio book is still not available - hope this will be quickly fixed.
It started off good but faded off in the middle The politics became confusing and I lost interest. Some of the information is based on mythology and some of that is obscure. The nuances presented by the mythology drives the politics.
There is a cast system which put reapers without citizens rights. That is never fully explained. There is a big mystery about the reapers which will probably explained in the next installment. If there is not a book 2, that is another reason not to buy this.
"Nice world building story was a little flat"
I'm not sure I'd be willing to read or listen to the second book, while I understand some of Lana's emotions or lack there of, what I don't understand is how someone unwilling to be the hero all of a sudden is the hero without asking or demanding answers, it was almost to easy for her. No real character building as Great as the world building was for the most part.
This is a fun listen - there is a mystery to be solved, but the story plays out more like Dresden lite, with not quite the coolness, but all the one-liners. Narration is pretty good, writing is so-so, ending is not so great, but it was a fun listen.
Not a bad little book, but it just didn't hold my interest. There seemed to be an awful lot of unnecessary repetition centered around the equality of all religions on earth regardless of time frame. The actual plot seemed rather thin to me. But, it's all good as I got the whole Whispersync deal for about two bucks.
"Great start to a really fun series"
The narrator was very good, and the story kept my interest throughout. The author has built an interesting world where the afterlives all exist together.
I don't think I've read a series like this before.
This book starts off a great series. I listened to this audio book, then have read the following books through book six, and I believe there is another book to come. I'm looking forward to more about this character and world. I am not sure if the following books come in audio format, but they are worth a read if you want something interesting, fun, with some romance, action, mystery and a cast of quirky characters. You do not need to be an expert on religions, the author will give you what you need to know about particular deities that are used in the books. Enjoy!
"A Good fantasy"
I didn't love it but I did enjoy it.
I will give the rest of the series a go.
I enjoy the audio version at work and the written when things are quiet. They are both great
I love the whole idea of someone like lana being around on the other side,and people carrying on in an afterlife.
She sound how I imagine lana to sound,she's very talanted.
I'm not sure
Very slow & complex story. Lana is a reaper in Limbo sounds simple but there is a lot of back story that the writer crams in. In fairness I think this book is 'setting the scene' but that doesn't mean it isn't hard going at times. Light romance but NO hot bits or even snogging. Well written, flows easily but lots of information. Light listening .....heck NO.
Saying that it is interesting as a subject & I have brought the next book because I do want to know what happens.
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